School Talk

The Good Stuff: Some Reasons to Smile

Sometimes it’s just good to find reasons to smile and schools are great places for that. So, we are staying away from the noise today and just taking a moment to enjoy the good stuff. I mean, we are about to celebrate Thanksgiving.  And I’m thankful for all of this. Ms. Lundgren is back! It’s… Continue reading The Good Stuff: Some Reasons to Smile

School Talk

I am a Teacher. And I am an Addict.

Holland Landy is a teacher. He is also a recovering addict and alcoholic. And while much of his story is painful and a quintessential example of the frustration and chaos that addiction brings to bear on relationships, it is also a story of triumph, courage and paying it forward. Landy’s decision to go public and… Continue reading I am a Teacher. And I am an Addict.

Rhode Island · School Talk

2016: The Good Stuff

There is rare consensus that 2016 was no ordinary year and there’s no doubt that in the minds of many, 2017 couldn’t have come fast enough. The political rhetoric and division was at full tilt for what felt like forever, hugely influential and beloved icons like Prince, George Michael, and Carrie Fisher passed away suddenly, trailblazing familiar faces… Continue reading 2016: The Good Stuff

Rhode Island · School Talk

NEA’s Bob Walsh: Blocking, Begging, and Belittling

Bob Walsh, Executive Director of the NEA in Rhode Island, is a smart guy. Unlike some others in his organization, he makes his case respectfully and the scope of his technical knowledge is infinite. But last week he left me truly stumped (and a bit appalled) after an appearance on A Lively Experiment on our local… Continue reading NEA’s Bob Walsh: Blocking, Begging, and Belittling

Rhode Island

West Broadway Middle School: A Window Into How an Urban District School Can Be Totally Awesome

One parent said her son wasn’t successful or able to get the help he needed in a private school. Now, she said, “He can’t wait for Monday.” West Broadway Middle School is a window into the promise of urban public schools when they have strong and positive leaders who are able to hire and build… Continue reading West Broadway Middle School: A Window Into How an Urban District School Can Be Totally Awesome